Defense reviewing police reports in Nashua ‘road rage’ assault case

NASHUA – The defense attorney in the alleged “road rage” assault case of Nashua resident Brian K. McPherson was granted a continuance of a pre-trial hearing, in which he cited a delay in receiving documents he’d requested from Nashua police.

Superior Court Judge Charles Temple granted Attorney Charles Keefe’s motion, to which the prosecution assented, and cancelled the pre-trial conference, jury selection and the trial itself, which would have gotten underway this week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

New dates for those proceedings are pending.

Nashua police arrested McPherson, 58, of 10 Boulder Circle, on April 22, charging him with one count of criminal threatening, a Class B felony; one count of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a special felony; and Class A misdemeanor counts of simple assault and resisting arrest or detention.

McPherson, who has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest, is accused of confronting another motorist during a “road rage” incident, allegedly punching him in the face, brandishing a firearm and reportedly saying, “I should pistol whip you,” according to police reports.

Police investigated after receiving a call from the alleged victim, and identified McPherson as the suspect, they said.

When officers went to McPherson’s home to speak with him, police said he remained in the house for “a period of time” while conversing with the officers.

He eventually exited the residence and was taken into custody, police said.

Keefe, McPherson’s attorney, said in his motion that he’d “requested additonal discovery, specifically certain standard operating procedures,” from police in early October.

But police, according to Keefe, “just recently supplied” the discovery material to prosecutors – and now Keefe needs time to review the material because, he wrote, he needs it in order to file a motion to suppress.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.